FW: Fashioning the Future: Science, Technology, and Visions of H uman Development (Cambridge)
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Subject: CfP: Fashioning the Future: Science, Technology, and Visions of Human Development (Cambridge)The Society for the Social Study of Science (4S) announces its annual conference:
Fashioning the Future: Science, Technology, and Visions of Human Development
November 1-4, 2001
Royal Sonesta Hotel, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA
Scientists and engineers have played a central role in refashioning the material and social worlds of modernity. They have provided key resources with which human beings and institutions imagine, and in part realize, particular visions of progress. These resources can also destabilize identities, threaten security, and arouse resistance. For example, in biomedicine, genetic breakthroughs may allow us to remake the human body, profile individuals and populations, and commodify nature in unprecedented ways; in the information sciences, new technologies promise to provide ready access to vast realms of information, facilitate new forms of human interaction and consumption, and enable new forms of state and corporate surveillance; in the military sphere, smart technologies may offer unprecedented accuracy and striking power to the armed forces of post-industrial states. These new knowledges and technological forms are materializing at the same time that processes of globalization are mobilizing novel flows of capital, commodities, ideas, technologies, and human migration across borders and so giving rise to new forms of social and technoscientific experimentation.
The risks, possibilities, and intellectual puzzles of such a moment invite conversation across scholarly and practical boundaries. Science and technology studies has been an interdisciplinary field since its inception a quarter century ago. In this anniversary year, we welcome contributions from scholars across the humanities and social sciences as well as from scientists, engineers, policy-makers, industry officials, and those active in non-governmental organizations. While panels showcasing particular issues or perspectives are always welcome, we also encourage panels that cross conventional boundaries, whether by combining perspectives from scholars of different nationalities, by juxtaposing participants from different disciplines, or by staging dialogues between practitioners and social analysts of science. We invite proposals for entire panels and for individual papers.
Broad theme areas include:
· Science, Technology & Environment
· Information Technologies
· Ethics and Law
· Medicine and Genetics
· Science, Technology and War
· Science and Technology Policy
· Innovation Studies
· Theory and Philosophy of Science
· Race, Gender, and Class
· Public Understanding of Science
Deadline for Submissions: March 1, 2001.
Each panel will be allotted 1.5 hours and should contain no more than 3 or at most 4 papers. Session proposals with alternative formats are welcome. Abstracts for panel sessions should be no more than 250 words and should contain a list of panelists with their institutional affiliations and proposed paper titles. Abstracts for individual papers should likewise be no more than 250 words. Submissions received after March 1 will be considered on a space-available basis.
For more detailed information, visit the conference website at
For inquiries and for submission of paper and panel proposals, contact:
77 Massachusetts Avenue,
Cambridge, MA 02139.